Rock Ballad of the Week: Nick Drake “Northern Sky”

I never felt magic crazy as this
I never saw moons knew the meaning of the sea
I never held emotion in the palm of my hand
Or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree
But now you’re here
Brighten my northern sky.

I’ve been a long time that I’m waiting
Been a long that I’m blown
I’ve been a long time that I’ve wandered
Through the people I have known
Oh, if you would and you could
Straighten my new mind’s eye.

Would you love me for my money
Would you love me for my head
Would you love me through the winter
Would you love me ’til I’m dead
Oh, if you would and you could
Come blow your horn on high.

I never felt magic crazy as this
I never saw moons knew the meaning of the sea
I never held emotion in the palm of my hand
Or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree
But now you’re here
Brighten my northern sky.

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“Northern Sky” as written by Nick Drake

Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

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Nicholas Rodney Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. He failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, but his work has posthumously achieved wider notice and recognition. Drake signed to Island Records when he was 20 years old, while a student at the University of Cambridge, and released his debut album, Five Leaves Left, in 1969. By 1972, he had recorded two more albums—Bryter Layter and Pink Moon. Neither sold more than 5,000 copies on initial release. His reluctance to perform live, or be interviewed, contributed to his lack of commercial success. No footage of the adult Drake has ever been released, only still photographs and home footage from his childhood.

Drake suffered from major depression, and this was often reflected in his lyrics. On completion of his third album, 1972’s Pink Moon, he withdrew from both live performance and recording, retreating to his parents’ home in rural Warwickshire. On 25 November 1974, at the age of 26, Drake died from an overdose of approximately 30 amitriptyline pills, a prescribed antidepressant. His cause of death was determined to be suicide.

Drake’s music remained available through the mid-1970s, but the 1979 release of the retrospective album Fruit Treeallowed his back catalogue to be reassessed. By the mid-1980s Drake was being credited as an influence by such artists as Robert SmithDavid Sylvian, and Peter Buck. In 1985, The Dream Academy reached the UK and US charts with “Life in a Northern Town“, a song written for and dedicated to Drake.  By the early 1990s, he had come to represent a certain type of “doomed romantic” musician in the UK music press.  His first biography was published in 1997, followed in 1998 by the documentary film A Stranger Among Us.

*source: wikipedia

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Ballad of The Beloved

Once more

I am reminded of

Why the spirit sings

Ballads from a chosen heart

Millions of hearts to listen to

But you chose to lay your head to my chest

And listen to mine

God’s goodness is unparalleled

You are spring and I am summer

Together, we are love fully awakened

I hear the song of your spirit

A woman loved for all of who you are

My spirit composes an unending ballad

of jubilation

The joy of a man

Loved for all of who I am

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